NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 4 (Reuters) - Flooding overwhelmed utilities in downtown Nashville on Tuesday, knocking out power and water service to thousands, after weekend storms were blamed for more than two dozen deaths.
"Power will be out for the next few days downtown due to water in underground vaults," the city's mayor, Karl Dean, said in a statement. He said 3,500 customers were without electricity.
The Cumberland River burst its banks and submerged several city blocks in Nashville's downtown tourist district in sewage-tainted water.
Flooding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called a "1,000-year event" also inundated sites such as the Grand Ole Opry entertainment and hotel complex, the football stadium, and one of two water plants serving the city of 626,000 people.
It is so over whelming to see this devastation...I still can not believe what has happened. I thank the Lord for the safety of my family and friends but my heart breaks for those who are not so fortunate. I need to keep pushing forward....keeping my mind and hands busy. My sister Susan is here until Monday and she is such a trooper, a little wine and a martini goes a long way. We have friends coming for dinner tonight, our good friend Sandy (chef) will be cooking. I wish you all a wonderful day.